Posts by eeedeez

The Joy of Latkes

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

Hmmmmm, there’s something about the aroma wafting through the room as latkes are frying in oil.  The rich fragrance brings with it a warmth and reminder of a good meal to come. For Ashkenazi Jews (those of East European descent), we eat potato pancakes called latkes during the 8 nights of Hanukkah.  Sephardic Jews, on the other hand, eat jelly filled doughnuts called sufganiot.  Eating foods with oil may not be the healthiest of dietary choices and yet they remind us of the miracles of Hanukkah. After the Maccabees’ victory over the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), they...

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Megillah – December 2017

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Megillah

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Megillah – November 2017

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 in Megillah

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Come Celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday in Israel!

Posted on Oct 31, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

…and learn about its role as the birthplace of the three main world religions April 12, 2018- April 22, 2018 “Every time I go to Israel it is in many ways like going home, it is welcoming and comfortable to be in the only country where what we do as Jews is the norm and the way of life.”  Charlie Niederman I am excited to lead our trip to Israel this upcoming April!  I’ve designed this trip for both newcomers and experienced visitors to Israel.  You are welcome to join us whether you are a member of Temple Beth David or just feel a connection to our community. We will explore...

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Megillah – October 2017

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in Megillah

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Megillah – September 2017

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Megillah

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The Blast of the Ram’s Horn

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

I’m running my fingers along the smooth polished ram’s horn. I can feel its ridges and see the shades of onyx, sand, and specks of amber. Raising the narrow aperture to my pursed lips, I take a deep breath and then struggle to make a sound. After some false starts, a high pitched shriek echoes from its tusk.  How do you feel when you hear the shofar sounded at Rosh Hashanah? On the one hand, it is joyously primal. Seeing a man or woman standing in front of a crowded sanctuary, blowing the ram’s horn, feels exciting. However, when its screech pierces the sanctuary,...

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Body, Mind & Spirit Shabbat – August 2017

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Homepage Slider

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Megillah – August 2017

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Megillah

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Body, Mind & Spirit on Shabbat

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

Years ago, I created an experience for us to engage in physical activity, utilize our minds, and engage our spirit as a way of enhancing Shabbat. Body, Mind, & Spirit Shabbat has become a beloved part of our Temple Beth David Saturday morning Shabbat celebration for the last three years.  We have walked through El Dorado park, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Talbert Nature preserve, and Seal Beach. We have hiked in Peter’s Canyon, Santiago Oaks, Laguna Coast Wilderness, and Monrovia. A few of us biked along the San Gabriel Riverway. And we have done Tai chi, yoga, kayaking,...

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